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Lockheed Martin engineer Ray Clark splices wires between space shuttle Atlantis' external tank and the engine cutoff system.

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NASA
Washington, DC, United States

On Launch Pad 39A, Lockheed Martin engineer Ray Clark splices wires between space shuttle Atlantis' external tank and the engine cutoff, or ECO, sensor system. The replacement feed-through connector in the ECO sensor system will be installed later. Some of the tank's ECO sensors gave failed readings during propellant tanking for Atlantis' STS-122 mission launch attempts on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9. Results of a tanking test on Dec. 18 pointed to an open circuit in the feed-through connector wiring, which is located at the base of the tank. The feed-through connector passes the wires from the inside of the tank to the outside. The pins in the replacement connector have been precisely soldered to create a connection that allows sensors inside the tank to send signals to the computers onboard Atlantis. No problems with the ECO sensors themselves have been found. NASA's Space Shuttle Program has proposed a target launch date of Feb. 7 for the STS-122 mission. That proposed launch date remains under evaluation pending coordination with all partners in the International Space Station Program. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

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  • Title: Lockheed Martin engineer Ray Clark splices wires between space shuttle Atlantis' external tank and the engine cutoff system.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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